Rooks County Health Center (RCH) officials and representatives of Miller Architects and Paul-Wertenberger Construction Company officially broke ground on Phase 1 of the RCH hospital expansion project on May 2. The 2,800 gross square foot addition will house a Vantage Titan 1.5 T Magnetic Resonance Imaging System, the industry’s quietest and most advanced MRI technology on the market.
By bringing these services in-house five days a week, RCH can provide a more consistent service to patients. In-house MRI and Nuclear Medicine alleviates the possibility of having to send patients to other facilities because of the need of timely results or the mere inconvenience of the lack of flexibility for scheduling.
In Nuclear Medicine, RCH will soon be able to perform additional exams not previously offered through the mobile unit.
“Rooks County Health Center’s MRI suite will provide a one of a kind experience that patients won’t receive anywhere in the surrounding area due to its unique design,” said Mike Sinclair, RCH CEO. “The design was selected specifically to aid patients who experience claustrophobia and lessen the need for sedation use. In turn, the design provides a much safer and relaxing exam for the patient.”
Rooks County Health Center’s Diagnostic Imaging staff includes two MRI registered technologists ready to take the lead once the addition is finished and the equipment installed. Additionally, some of the remaining technologists will be working in Nuclear Medicine, along with the current modalities they already perform.
“Rooks County Health Center is fortunate to be able to continually progress variety of health services available to patients. This progress would not be possible without the support of the Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary members, Rooks County Health Center employees and generous supporters. The dedication of all of these individuals aids in the progression of health care available at Rooks County Health Center,” said Sinclair.
The project will take 180 days to complete.